News and Press Releases

St. Francis Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

December 8, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Reno Running Enemy, age 28, of St. Francis, South Dakota, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 8, 2011, and pled guilty to Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding and Simple Assault. The maximum penalty for each count upon conviction is 6 months imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both.

On July 5, 2011, at approximately 2 a.m., Running Enemy was chasing the victim with a broken pool cue. Running Enemy threatened to cut the victim with the pool cue, but was unable to catch him. A short time later, Running Enemy again chased the victim while carrying a knife. The victim slipped and fell to the ground while trying to escape from Running Enemy and landed on his stomach. While the victim was on the ground, Running Enemy jumped on top of the victim and assaulted him.

The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for February 2, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.




Return to Top

The U.S. Attorneys Office

Stop Human Trafficking
2013 Annual Report

Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter
United States Attorneys 225th Anniversary
The Office of U.S. Attorney
Community Prosecution Strategy

South Dakota Community Prosecution Strategy

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for
Federal, State, and Local
Law Enforcement Agencies.

Justice 101